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Terry Brooks: If oxpeckers and zebras can practice synergy, surely so can the donkeys and elephants

Oxpeckers and zebras. Oxpeckers are small African birds which count on zebras as their key nutritional sources, eating the ticks that cluster on zebras. And zebras? Well, they depend on oxpeckers as pest control agents. The oxpeckers also make a hissing sound whenever they sense a threat, acting as the zebras’ early warning security system to escape to safer locales from impending predators. This...

Kentucky Youth Advocates launch Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy, budget priorities

Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth have launched the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy and budget priorities. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of nonprofit, public and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch...

Cameron joins Kosair Charities, Kentucky Youth Advocates to release Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit

Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities, and statewide partners in the Face It Movement to announce the release of a Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit. Developed by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, the toolkit equips Kentucky prosecutors with best practices and resources to prosecute child abuse cases. “The Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit provides...

Kentucky Book Festival goes virtual with lineup featuring John Grisham, J. R. Ward and many more

Although the traditional week of in-person gatherings will not take place this year, the Kentucky Book Festival will carry on the celebration of reading, writing and all things bookish in the Bluegrass with a fantastic virtual lineup of discussions with authors including John Grisham, J. R. Ward, Nikky Finney, Terry Brooks, Martha S. Jones, and many, many more. “We spent several months in consultation...

New reference guide includes tips, information for Kentucky’s thousands of kinship families

A new handbook, created by the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, features resources for grandparents and relative caregivers navigating Kentucky’s child welfare system and caring for vulnerable children. In A Kentucky Grandparent and Relative Caregiver Handbook, caregivers will find information on the basics of...

State providing financial assistance to family foster caregivers; relatives, fictive kin could get payments

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun financial assistance payments to eligible relative and fictive kin caregivers with children placed in their home by CHFS. An October 2017 federal court ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case D.O. v. Glisson requires that Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults...

Kentucky is first to get Medicaid waiver; Bevin says Kentucky HEALTH is answer, but opposition is strong

Kentucky is the first state to get a Medicaid waiver that would permit the state to require work of service to quality for the insurance. Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday afternoon that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH — “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health.” Bevin...

Governing Magazine: Congress doesn’t reauthorize CHIP by deadline; Kentucky to run out of money

By Mattie Quinn Governing Magazine Congress missed the Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), sending states that rely on that money scrambling to figure out how to pay for it. U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden introduced a bipartisan bill last month that would have extended funding for five years, but it never even got a vote. Health policy...

Nurses, allies seek mandate for a nurse in every school in effort to improve learning outcomes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Putting a full-time nurse in every Kentucky school would not only provide health care, but improve education outcomes, say advocates of the idea. “We need a nurse in every school because we need to quit thinking about health and education as separate entities, because they are not,” said Eva Stone, an advanced-practice registered nurse and co-chair...

Commentary: Kentucky has opportunity for best charter school law in U.S., but the details count

By Terry Brooks Special to KyForward The hottest toy of this past Christmas season was Hatchimals — plastic eggs with one of two interactive creatures inside. The lucky recipient nurtures the egg, causing it to hatch; and after hatching, the creature inside learns to talk, walk and play games with the help of the child. Right about now, the egg is hatching. The same is true of charter schools in...

Report shows Kentucky children benefitting from affordable health care through Medicaid expansion

Children are already reaping the benefits of more Kentucky parents having health insurance due to Medicaid expansion, according to a new special report from Kentucky Youth Advocates. The report, Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families, examines the numerous family and child health benefits that have resulted from more parents having affordable health coverage. “The research...

Survey shows Kentucky remains ranked in bottom third of states for children’s well-being

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News If Kentucky’s future lies in the well-being of its children, there’s reason to worry, because a recent report shows that Kentucky consistently remains in the bottom one-third of states for this measure. The 2016 Kids Count report ranks Kentucky 35th in the overall well-being of its children, down from 34th last year. The state showed a significant...

KIDS COUNT: Kentucky has highest rate of kids with a parent in jail, according to ‘Shared Sentence’ report

By Terry Brooks Kentucky Youth Advocates Policy debates about incarceration rarely focus on the impact on children. Yet, we know that when a parent is in jail or prison, it creates an unstable environment for kids that can have lasting effects like poverty, changes in living situations, and mental and emotional health issues. A new KIDS COUNT policy report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of...

More Kentuckians, mostly grandparents,
are taking in children of family members

A growing number of Kentuckians, mostly grandparents, have taken in a child, or children, of a family member. More than 59,000 children in Kentucky are being raised in what has come to be known as kinship care. (Photo from KinshipKy.org)   By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward   Joann and Danny Daulton had been together for more than a decade when they decided to get married in July of 2013.   With...